Arsenal have been plunged into a defensive crisis just one week before the start of the new Premier League campaign after Arsène Wenger revealed Gabriel Paulista will miss the opener against Liverpool.
Laurent Koscielny is close to a return but Arsene Wenger indicated that Sunday's FA Cup quarter final would be too soon to expect him back.
The news keeps getting worse for Arsenal as Laurent Koscielny will miss Saturday's North London Derby with a calf injury that also kept him out of the loss to Swansea on Wednesday.
Laurent Koscielny returned to the Starting XI for Arsenal's FA Cup tie with Hull City, but the Gunners played to a frustrating 0-0 final, setting up a replay with the Tigers.
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Laurent Koscielny went through a fitness test unscathed as he works back from a thigh injury suffered against Leicester City.
Arsenal are waiting to learn the extent of the injuries suffered by defensive duo Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel Paulista.
It was an ugly performance but ultimately a winning one for Arsenal at the Emirates against Newcastle on Saturday.
Laurent Koscielny faces a race against time to make this weekends’ game against Sunderland at The Emirates. The Arsenal defender limped off after just ten minutes at Norwich on Sunday.
In the wake of the bombings last week in Paris, Arsene Wenger has indicated that he has yet to talk to Laurent Koscielny about his state of mind ahead of the Week 13 match against West Brom.
Arsene Wenger has indicated that Laurent Koscielny has a "slight chance" of returning to the Arsenal starting line-up for Sunday's North London Derby.
Laurent Koscielny was a late scratch for Arsenal as they were routed by Bayern Munich in Germany on Wednesday.
Laurent Koscielny might need one more week before returning to the Arsenal starting line-up according to Arsene Wenger ahead of Arsenal's Week 9 trip to Watford.
Laurent Koscielny will miss Manchester United's visit to the Emirates after injuring his hamstring against Olympiacos in mid-week.
Arsenal were able to keep Liverpool at bay throughout a lively contest on Monday despite the absence of their two first choice central defenders. Injury kept Laurent Koscielny [back] sidelined while Per Mertesacker was missing due to illness.